Anyone seen the movie Foul Play starring Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase? Released in 1978, the film was written and directed by Colin Higgins. I couldn’t resist posting the IMDB plot summary: “A shy San Francisco librarian and a bumbling cop fall in love as they solve a crime involving albinos, dwarves, and the Catholic Church.” You know, you just have to see this zany pic to get the full effect! Today we spotlight the movie’s ’70s-fabulous interior design, which includes a few trends that continued to shine throughout the ’80s, such as curved shelving and slanted wooden paneling.
Even better, we have two sets to explore–the eclectic San Francisco apartment where Goldie’s character Gloria lives (key scenes unfold here), and the modern houseboat/bachelor pad where Chevy’s character Tony lives. Check out the screen shots below as we uncover some crucial elements of ’70s (and even ’80s) design…
Yellow-gold walls, eclectic furnishings and an abundance of houseplants characterize the apartment of Gloria Mundy (played by Hawn). We’re loving the bookcase below, which features barley twist posts. This antique piece works well with other details, such as the potted fern that rests in the corner of this sunny space:
Can we talk textiles?! There’s something irresistible about the olive, mustard and orange floral curtains below, which perfectly match the sofa pattern (shown at the top of the post). Florals in shades such as avocado, gold and rust were key ’70s fabric standouts.
What’s not to love about the curved wicker shelving in the next shot?! Even if you’re not a fan of woven textures, you’ve gotta love the simple, sleek form of this piece, which continued to show up in homes during the ’80s…
Here we get a shot of the bedroom (and a view of the living room) while Goldie knits away. Let’s hear it for that brass bed!
…And I couldn’t resist one more screen shot from this well-designed apartment: a view of the kitchen. The cornflower blue wallpaper is a wonderful contrast to crisp white accents, such as the white and gold-toned mirror below. Again, note the abundance of brassy details…
We now move on to the houseboat of cop Tony Carlson (played by chase). This cozy dwelling is everything you’d want in a bachelor pad. It has slanted wooden paneling, an abundance of modern art, and plenty of glasses for drinks.
In fact, it’s hard to resist details like the chrome shelving below, which holds books, plants and other objet d’art.
We end with a shot that includes interior details such as textured sectional seating, complete with pillows featuring a diagonal striped pattern. In fact, I’m thinking of making some pillows with a similar print for my new place… And if you think you see a skeleton in the background, you’re right! Would you expect anything less in the home of a comedic cop?!
Hope you enjoyed our little excursion into the ’70s today. There’s something warm and inviting about decor from that decade, which I can’t help but incorporate into my interior own design endeavors. Plus, many 1970s pieces blend well with pieces from the ’80s… Happy Wednesday!